At Hummingbird Pilates and Yoga we run 1/2 day retreats, giving you the opportunty to relax and unwind in our georgous studio. We run a range of retreats throughout the year so you should be able to find something to suit you.

Our next retreat gives you the chance to press pause on the craziness of Christmas with our pre-Christmas half day retreat on Sunday 9th December 2018. As well as the joys and excitement of the festive season, it can also bring stresses and never ending to-do lists so this retreat comes in time for some pre-Christmas chilling out.

On this retreat we will be be focusing on hip and shoulder opening to release stress and tension. There will be a Vinyasa Flow practice that will work on loosening up these areas so that we can open further and sink deeper into longer held poses during a Restorative Yoga practice. Once you've eased your body through our yoga practice, you'll settle into blissful stillness, ready to unwind further with candle gazing and finally a guided meditation.

You can enhance your retreat experience by booking a treatment to further your relaxation journey; choose from:

  • Hot Stone Back Massage - allow warm Basalt stones to release deep-seated tension and fatigue from the muscles. Combined with a soothing Aromatherapy blend of Frankincense, Lavender and Black Pepper.
  • Indian Head Massage with Hot Stones - while lying on a bed of warm Basalt stones, enjoy an Ayurvedic scalp, neck and shoulder massage.
  • Thai Yoga Massage - focusing on hip opening and deep stretches. This invigorating massage is a combination if acupressure, reflexology and yoga which manipulate the Sen or energy lines to restore balance to the body.

There will be the opportunity to relax and rest between classes with a break, where you'll be treated to delicious Christmas inspired juices, herbal teas and organic snacks (including mince pies of course for those of you who want to indulge!). Use this time to let go of your Christmas shopping and to-do lists, curl up under a blanket with a good book or simply relax. There will also be the option to take part in some Christmas crafts!

Release stress and tension

Working on opening your hips pays benefits that go far beyond your asana practice. Counteracting tightness in your hips can help to ease back pain, improve circulation to your legs and even improve the way you walk. It can also be the key to releasing stress, emotion, fear and negative memories that are energetically stored in your hips.

In an article for Yoga Journal, San Francisco yoga teacher Stephanie Snyder calls hips "the junk drawer of your house". Cleaning out that drawer lightens your spiritual load, making room for prana to flow through the entire pelvic region and allowing breath and vitality to move freely throughout your body.

Book now for the perfect Christmas gift to yourself! Email us at [email protected] or call us on 01245 422556 and we'd be happy to help. We look forward to welcoming you!

"Kellie's Pilates classes are AMAZING! I've been coming for the last 6 months and have noticed a surge in energy, greater strength and flexibility. Love it!"

Jenny Smith, Pilates Nutter, Chelmsford

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